If the Sharks beat the visiting Blues on Monday night to take a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals, background suggests this series is likely all but over. Considering that the seminar format was adopted in the 1981-82 season, teams that take a 2-0 lead at the conference finals won the show 30 of 32 times.
Blues vs. Sharks Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Analysis On the upgraded Sports Interaction series line, San Jose is -250 and St. Louis +187. The favoured exact series consequence Sharks in five in +350. The long shot is Blues in five in +1200. The Boston Bruins will be the likely opponent in the Stanley Cup Finals as the B’s have mastered the Carolina Hurricanes in the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals. St. Louis is looking to prevent losing back-to-back matches within this postseason for the next time. The Blues have not dropped three in a row yet.
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis has allowed six goals twice in those playoffs and lost both games. That was Game 3 of their first round against Winnipeg, 6-3, and then Saturday at the opener of this show in San Jose from the exact same score. Joel Edmundson (first of 2019 playoffs), Ryan O’Reilly (third) and Tyler Bozak (third) had the Blues’ goals vs. San Jose. It was Edmundson’s first goal since Feb. 14.
Rookie netminder Jordan Binnington, that might win the Calder Trophy, allowed five goals on 24 shots. Blueliner Carl Gunnarsson sat out with a lower-body injury suffered in Game 7 of the last round vs. Dallas. St. Louis outshot the Sharks 31-25 and outhit them allowed four power-play chances while becoming one together with the man advantage. The Blues still are 7-2 in their past nine as an underdog.
San Jose Sharks
Joe Pavelski gave San Jose the lead for good in Game 1 with a power-play goal at 11:24 of the first period. Timo Meier was the No. 1 star with two goals and an assist. Logan Couture additional two goals and leads all players in this postseason with 11 goals and 17 points. Couture is merely the sixth active NHL player to score at least 10 goals in numerous postseasons. He also failed in 2016 when the Sharks attained the Stanley Cup Finals.
Since 2010, only Alexander Ovechkin’s 50 goals during the postseason are more than Couture’s 45. Pavelski, meanwhile, is currently 1 stage from becoming the 97th player in NHL history with 100 career playoff points. Martin Jones allowed three goals. The Sharks are 6-1 in their previous seven in the home.
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